Anti-Smuggling Squad member charged with Manslaughter

Safraz Khan
Safraz Khan
Safraz Khan

[] – A manslaughter charge was instituted against a member of the Berbice Anti-Smuggling Squad (BASS) Unit for the killing of Charles Caesar.

Safraz Khan, 40, of Corriverton was charged in the Springlands Magistrate Court on Thursday, July 09 before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh and placed on $250,000 bail.

The court heard that July 03, at No.67 village foreshore he discharged a loaded firearm at Caesar which resulted in his death. Police Prosecutor, Godfrey Playter did not object to bail.

In his bail application, Khan’s Lawyer, Adrian Anamayah told the court his client has a fixed placed of abode and had been cooperating with the police throughout the investigation.

It was also stated that Khan has been a Custom Monitoring Officer for over 19 years. Khan is slated to return to court on August 27.

Forty – year – old Caesar of Line Path, Skeldon, Corriverton, East Berbice/Corentyne was contracted to offload items that appeared to have been illegally entered into the country. Upon arrival at the foreshore, the squad released a round into the air and told the men to lie on the ground after which they made their arrest. The round reportedly hit Caesar and he was left to die at the scene.

A group, including police officers and members from BASS, returned to the scene and found Caesar bleeding; he was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital Emergency unit but died while receiving medical attention.

Reports indicate that the doctors tried to save Caesar but they were unsuccessful as he had been left two unattended for too long and reportedly bled profusely.



  1. Bullets fired into the air usually fall back with terminal velocities much lower than their muzzle velocity when they leave the barrel of a firearm. Nevertheless, people can be injured, sometimes fatally, when bullets discharged into the air fall back down to the ground. Bullets fired at angles less than vertical are more dangerous, as the bullet maintains its angular ballistic trajectory, is far less likely to engage in tumbling motion, and so travels at speeds much higher than a bullet in free fall.

    A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 80% of celebratory gunfire-related injuries are to the head, feet, and shoulders. In Puerto Rico, about two people die and about 25 more are injured each year from celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, the CDC says. Between the years 1985 and 1992, doctors at the King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, treated some 118 people for random falling-bullet injuries. Thirty-eight of them died.

  2. HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS! He fired in the air and the bullet hit Mr. Caesar? From the article, I’m assuming it was outdoors, so what did the bullet hit before ricocheting? Obviously he could not explain that, now you’re gonna go to jail for murder.


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